The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation recently announced a new five-year, $8 million addition to its grantmaking in support of the performing arts. In celebration of the foundation’s fiftieth anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions will enable San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits to work with exceptional artists from around the world to create and premiere new works of performing arts in local communities. This year’s awards will support music composition, with future years focused on other disciplines: theater, dance, folk and traditional arts, and film and media. Organizations do not need to be arts producers or presenters, and nonprofits working on diverse issues are eligible to receive grants. Applications are due by April 14. Full details are online at www.hewlett.org/50Commissions.
Nonprofit organizations based in the greater San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties) may apply for grants ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 to collaborate with outstanding artists from anywhere in the world. This year’s grants will support music composition in diverse genres including but not limited to: jazz, world music, symphonic, contemporary, and choral music, as well as folk and traditional music. Future years will focus on other performing arts disciplines: theater, dance, folk and traditional arts, and film and media.
Organizations do not need to be arts producers or presenters to apply, and we encourage nonprofits working on diverse issues to consider submitting a letter of inquiry. We also encourage organizations that serve disadvantaged or historically marginalized communities to apply. For full details on the initiative, please visit www.hewlett.org/50Commis
To apply for a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission, nonprofit organizations must submit a brief letter of inquiry describing the proposed project by April 14, 2017. The most competitive applicants will be asked to complete an in-depth proposal for their project this summer. Recipients of the first 10 commissions will be announced in November 2017.